Thursday, June 22, 2017

1787 Death of Experience (Willis) Read of Sudbury, Mass. - Post #370 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1787 death record of Experience (Willis) Read in Sudbury, Massachusetts: 

The snippet with the death record is on the left-hand page of the image in the second column:

The transcription of the death record:

"[1787]  [Aug.t] (26 Mrs. Read Consort of Isaac aged 80)"

The source citation of this record is:

Jacob Bigelow, The Record Book of Jacob Bigelow, 1772-1800, Family History Library (on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,185,462), frame 13, "Mrs. Read, consort of Isaac age 80" entry.

Jacob Bigelow was called to the Sudbury, Massachusetts church in 1772.  He started a record book of members, births, marriages and deaths in 1772, and continued it until about 1814.  This record book was microfilmed by the Family History Library (US/CAN Microfilm 0,185,462) and I reviewed it many years ago and extracted information from it.  In 2015, I made photos of all 46 frames of the microfilm images to verify my previous work and provide record copies.  I think that this minister's  record is the only extant record of the death of Experience (Willis) Read - there are no other death records for her in the any Massachusetts vital record books or Massachusetts town record books.  

Experience (Willis) Read was born in about 1709 to Samuel and Susanna (Gleason) Willis in Sudbury, Mass., although there are no apparent birth records.  She married Isaac Read (1704-1780) in 1730 in Sudbury, Mass.  No other wife named "Experience" has been found married to an Isaac Read.  At the time of her death in 1787, she would have been about 78 years old - the record says "80" but that may be an estimate.  

Experience (Willis) Read is my 6th great-grandmother, through her daughter Sarah (Read) Seaver (1736-1809) who married Norman Seaver (1734-1787) in 1755 in Sudbury, Mass.


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